Shannon Sterne is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches modern dance technique, kinesiology for dancers, and seminar courses on dieting and nutrition. She had the privilege to perform internationally with the San Diego Ballet, tour nationally with the Dancing Wheels Company, and to perform as a freelance artist throughout California and Ohio. In addition to her professional career as a performer, Shannon’s movement background includes 10 years as a competitive gymnast, and training in judo, fencing, yoga, Pilates, and belly dancing. As a teacher, she specializes in the functional integration of anatomy and kinesiology to foster new movement and body awareness and to improve dance technique and performance. Shannon also teaches integrated ballet and modern dance classes for the Dancing Wheels Company. Her choreography has premiered at festivals and events across the country, and she has overseen numerous collaborations including her most recent multidisciplinary project, “Small Talk,” for which she was awarded a Baker-Nord Collaborative Research Grant and a Freedman Fellowship.
Shannon consults with dance companies and educational institutions around the world on issues related to nutrition and wellness. She presents regularly at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and at the OhioDance Festival. In 2015, she was invited to speak on a Dancer Wellness Panel at the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and in 2016, she presented “The implications of popular dieting practices in dancers” at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) International Symposium in New York City.
Shannon was certified as a GYROTONIC® Apprentice in fall of 2017, and is thrilled to add the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® to her movement training and teaching.